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Fly-by: Senators 6, Flyers 4

Sunday, 01.8.2012 / 6:16 PM ET / News
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Fly-by: Senators 6, Flyers 4
Sunday, January 8, 2012
FINAL
4 - 6
FINAL 1 2 3 T
Flyers 3 1 0 4
Senators 2 0 4 6
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GOAL SCORERS

PHI:   A. Meszaros (02:32 - 1st) , M. Bourdon (15:32 - 1st) , S. Couturier (16:00 - 1st) , M. Read (PPG, 14:08 - 2nd)
OTT:   D. Alfredsson (00:54 - 1st) , C. Neil (08:25 - 1st) , C. Greening (03:11 - 3rd) , E. Karlsson (06:19 - 3rd) , F. Kuba (18:49 - 3rd) , N. Foligno (EN, 19:15 - 3rd)
GOALIES

 OTT: C. Anderson (W)

   
     LAVIOLETTE 
  BRYZGALOV    GIROUX
SPLITSVILLE...
After two periods, the Flyers were well on their way to completing a home-and-home sweep on back-to-back nights against the Ottawa Senators with a comfortable 4-2 lead.

However what has been an alarming trend in the recent weeks, the Flyers' two-goal lead did not hold up and Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette points out a very simple reason why.

"Our team, generally speaking needed to play a better game; a smarter game against a team that forces a lot of turnovers. With the lead, 4-2, our team needed to make better decisions throughout the game."

The Senators responded in the third period with four unanswered goals, and in the end, earned three out of a possible four points from the weekend series.

"I don't think we played the way we should have and we have to be better if we want to win those kind of hockey games in the third period," said Claude Giroux.

The Flyers dropped third period leads to the Rangers and the Blackhawks in the past week, but were able to regain the lead and post a win against Chicago.

The one bright spot to take away is that the Flyers are scoring goals - three or more in four of their last five games and recording at least one goal on the power play in four of their last five.

The game in Ottawa also kicked off a week-long, four-game road trip for the Flyers, who have now played 11 of their last 17 games on the road and when it is all said and done 14 of their last 20 games away from the Wells Fargo Center.
 For the second game in a row, sixteen of Philadelphia’s 18 skaters had at least one shot on net.
 
The game marks just the second time in 22 occasions this season the Flyers have lost in regulation when leading after two periods (19-2-1) and the first time in 17 occasions they’ve lost in regulation in a game they led after one period (15-1-1).
 
Marc-Andre Bourdon led the team with six blocked shots tonight.
 
This is the first time this season that Claude Giroux, Scott Hartnell and Jaromir Jagr have all been held scoreless in two consecutive games.

BOTH the Senators and Flyers scored on their first shot of the game.

Matt Read
Matt Read seems to play well at Scotiabank Place.

In his first game in Ottawa, Read posted a four-point night with a goal and three assists.

Tonight he added a goal and an assist to his credit.

Read was in the right place at the right time to pound home a rebound of James van Riemsdyk's shot on the power-play in the second period.

He also sprung Sean Couturier on a two-on-one late in the first period. Couturier fired it past Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson and Read picked up the primary helper.

"I thought we played a good 40 minutes, 50 minutes of the game but they took advantage of our turnovers right inside our blue line rather than getting it in deep, but we have to learn from our mistakes here and learn how to get pucks deep in the third period and how to keep a lead."
- Matt Read

"Especially with the lead like that, after two [periods]. You can't let those ones slip… It's not acceptable for a team like us and we'll have to do a better job."
-Sean Couturier
The 3-on-1 that Ottawa defenseman Erik Karlsson sprung at 6:13 of the third period is tonight's turning point.

After Colin Greening drew the Sens to within one goal three minutes into the third period, Karlsson fired a snap shot three minutes later, through the pads of Bryzgalov to knot the game up at 4-4.

Ottawa used that momentum to keep the pressure on in the final 10 minutes of the game and with 1:11 left Filip Kuba sealed the game with his fourth goal of the year.
PIC OF THE NIGHT: Scott Hartnell rushes the net in the 2nd period on Ottawa goaltender Craig Anderson.

Senators 6, Flyers 4
Associated Press

OTTAWA (AP) - Filip Kuba scored the go-ahead goal with 1:11 left and the Ottawa Senators beat the Philadelphia Flyers 6-4 on Sunday to earn a split of the weekend home-and-home series.

Kuba fired a slap shot from the left point past goalie Ilya Bryzgalov, and Nick Foligno sealed the win with an empty-net goal with 45 seconds to go.

  FULL RECAP

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Voracek 82 22 59 1 81
C. Giroux 81 25 48 -3 73
M. Streit 81 9 43 -8 52
W. Simmonds 75 28 22 -5 50
B. Schenn 82 18 29 -5 47
S. Couturier 82 15 22 4 37
M. Del Zotto 64 10 22 -5 32
M. Read 80 8 22 -4 30
M. Raffl 67 21 7 6 28
V. Lecavalier 57 8 12 -7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
S. Mason 18 18 11 .928 2.25
R. Emery 10 11 7 .894 3.06
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